Summary: Using JOHN 1:1-9 as proof, this message shows Jesus truly is God.
Today’s Text: JOHN 1:1-9
As I was preparing my sermon for today, I kept going back to thinking that one of my main goals is to preach and teach the Bible in a down-to-earth, interesting, and easily understood format so everyone, even those not familiar with God’s Word, could understand it in a way that would let everyone see the wonderful lessons God is giving us in this book.
You will find that many people will dispute different parts of the Bible. There are others who dispute the entire Bible. Then, there are those who truly do believe that the entire Bible is the 100% accurate and inerrant Word of God, from start to end.
To those who dispute any of God’s Holy Word, let me give you this analogy. You can go stand in the middle of the freeway, close your eyes, and adamantly state that no car is going to come along and run you over. That may be what you truly believe, but that does not alter the truth. And, the truth of the matter is that there ARE cars coming and they WILL run you over if you don’t wise up and get smart!
It may tend to make you feel enlightened, or feel smarter by saying there is no God, but that does not alter the truth; there really IS a God, and that God WILL judge you for your actions and your words. So, use your own discretion in what you do and say, but do not act surprised when you end up ‘paying the price’ for your wrongful ways.
I believe that there is only one possible way to believe everything in this book. And, that is by having faith. We talked last week about faith being the absolute belief in something that you are not able to physically see. But, if we believe that God inspired men to write this book, we must also believe every single word that it says.
I am reminded of the rich man who stood up in his church one morning and vowed that he was going to devote the rest of his life, living by faith that God would supply his every need.
He promptly made arrangements to give all his money and possessions away; and then he moved from his mansion on the hill to a rented dingy house on the ‘other side of the tracks.’
His first night there, he got on his knees and prayed that the Lord would send him some food. Confidently, the next morning, he got up, went to the door and opened it. He looked all around the porch to see if there was any food. There wasn’t.
Disappointed, and hungry, he got back on his knees and asked God to send him food. He told God that he was going to starve to death if he didn’t receive any food, and he was totally depending on God to supply that food.
That night, he again went to sleep, praying for God to send him food. The next morning, he awoke very hungry and ran to the door, just to open it and, again find no food. He got back on his knees and this time, he was very emphatic as he asked God to quit stalling and hurry up with the food! After praying like this for over an hour, he heard God whisper to him to go outside and look up. Being an obedient believer, he went out on his porch and looked up. On the other side of the street was a big sign that read,
“DAY LABORERS WANTED – LUNCH PROVIDED”.
The moral of that story is simple. If we profess to have faith in the Lord, then we must be willing to be quiet enough to listen to Him as He whispers to us. Too many times, we, as Christians, claim that we believe in God and that we truly trust Him, but then we turn around and try to take care of everything ourselves! That doesn’t prove we have faith in anyone but ourselves, does it?
I am going to start in the book of JOHN, in the New Testament. It is the fourth book, the fourth Gospel and one of the most read of all books in the Bible.
1. JESUS IS GOD
Last week, I spoke of time eternal. I told of how God was here before time and God will be after time. God is eternal, and as humans, we barely comprehend that since we have never personally experienced anything eternal. Our entire basis for eternity is based solely upon faith.
‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’
God did not have a beginning. He existed for all eternity. If we were able to trace time back to its very start, we would find that God was there, even before that. When we read that ‘the Word was with God’, we see that He had a distinct personality. If you had no personality, it would be impossible to think of and make up words, right? We continue, in verse 1, to read ‘ ….and the word was God.’